BioShock Creator Ken Levine’s Next Game is an Immersive Sim
After years of silence, we at least now know the genre of BioShock director Ken Levine's next project.
It has been over six years since BioShock creator Ken Levine and his team shipped a game, with BioShock Infinite launching in 2013 and its subsequent two-part DLC, Burial at Sea, later arriving in 2014. Since that time, the studio has rebranded from Irrational Games to Ghost Story Games and has also downsized to work on more narrative-focused experiences. Levine, still the company’s president, hasn’t shied away from the fact that he has ideas for what he’ll be doing next, but we haven’t seen or heard specifically about the shape that this new project will take.
As of now though, it seems we finally have one nugget of info that confirms one key detail about Levine’s next game. Seen via a job posting from Take-Two Interactive, it was confirmed that Ghost Story’s upcoming game is in the immersive sim genre. The job listing doesn’t go on to mention any other specifics about the game, but it does request that applicants also be familiar with shooters and action RPGs in addition to the immersive sim genre.
While BioShock and BioShock Infinite wouldn’t necessarily be identified as immersive sims first and foremost, the DNA of that genre is all over both of those titles. The fact that Levine and Ghost Story are continuing to work within the confines of this genre though definitely makes it seem like this new game could be more closely related to BioShock than previously thought.
That said, whatever this new game ends up becoming will surely be much smaller in scope compared to BioShock or Infinite. The team at Ghost Story Games working on this title is comprised of less than 40 people, meaning that making games of the same scale as past BioShock won’t be happening. Still, even just knowing the genre that Ghost Story is working on is enough to generate a bit of excitement for this secretive game.
As for the future of the BioShock franchise, previous personnel moves at 2K Games seem to indicate that a new entry in the series could be in development. Hopefully, we’ll end up learning if this is true in the coming future.